BANDUNG - West Java (West Java) Governor Ridwan Kamil officially released 110 millennials who passed the Village Patriot selection at the ceremony in the East Hall of Gedung Sate, Bandung City, Thursday (11/28/19).
The young people who have been equipped with knowledge will become supporters of the implementation of the One Village One Company (OVOC) program to pioneer village-owned enterprises (BUMDes) based on village potentials in West Java.
Emil - as Ridwan Kamil was called - said, 110 Village Patriots will be representatives of the West Java Provincial Government (Pemda) to increase community institutional capacity, socio-cultural life, and the development of participation and self-sufficiency in rural communities.
These millennial patriots, who aged between 20-23 years old, were deployed to 50 villages in West Java, starting from Mekarjaya Village in Bogor Regency to Bangbayang Village in Cirebon Regency.
"I am touched, the other (young men) of your age hang out in cafes, drinking coffee, you sweat, jumping into society, thinking of progress, because you are a young man with a patriot spirit," Emil said.
After 45 days of quarantine to be equipped with competence and the spirit of struggle, Emil also hopes that 110 Village Patriots can truly contribute to building the village and become carriers of hope for the community.
"Listen to their voices (villagers), accommodate their aspirations, fulfill their hopes," Emil ordered.
As for the technical assignments in the village, these patriots must be able to do spatial, sectoral, and planning mapping. They will also make plans for developing community-based potentials and local wisdom and preparing village-level business groups and institutions.
Even in the era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, 110 Village Patriots must have the ability to use information and communication technology to encourage digital-based village economic development.
After being asked to become Village Patriots, these millennials also have the task of playing an active role in pioneering and contributing positively in realizing champion villages in West Java.
"The end is that villages in West Java must advance and this (the Village Patriot program) is an example of the birth of patriot young people," Emil concluded.
Separately, Tri Mumpuni Wiyatno as a mentor in the Village Patriot program said, there were no villages that were truly poor or left behind in West Java. According to him, there are less villages whose economy is less mobile because the people have not been able to manage the resources in the village.
Tri added, 110 Village Patriots equipped with technical competence, struggle competence, community-based development competencies, and sincerity competencies are expected to be able to be the driving force of village advancement in West Java.
"They were sent to the village, adapted, and mingled with the village community. Hold integrity, intelligence competence, and energy to build. I as your ideological parents fully hope for you," Tri told the patriots.
One of the participants of the Village Patriot, Tatu Muzayyanah, said that joining the Village Patriot program provided valuable experience for him. Tatu is motivated to be an individual who is beneficial to others.
"I thank the Governor of West Java. Through the Village Patriot, today we will start a new phase out of the comfort zone, leaving all facilities to the quiet road. Trying to build a village according to the needs of its citizens. So that the village will again become a field where hope for progress the nation, "said Tatu.
Head of the Village Community Empowerment Service (DPMD) Dedi Supandi meanwhile said, 110 Village Patriots had been provided training on 15 October to 28 November 2019.
For this initial stage, the Village Patriots will be deployed to 50 villages in 10 regions and 34 sub-districts in West Java. The 50 selected village assignments are part of 746 villages in West Java that have not yet run the OVOC program.
Regarding OVOC, Dedi added that since its launch until now the program has given birth to 596 active BUMDes and formed 272 new BUMDes.
"By exploiting the potential of the village, economic progress will be channeled. Because there is no poverty in the village, there is a lack of potential utilization," lid Dedi.